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Policy Options is a digital magazine published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) in Montreal, Quebec. It features daily articles on issues of public policy by contributors from academia, research institutions, the political world, the public service and the non-profit and private sectors. We’re committed to introducing our listeners to a diversity of viewpoints on the important public policy challenges of our time. Twitter: https://twitter.com/IRPP Facebook: https://www.f ...
 
Our laws and ethical practices have evolved over centuries. But today, tech is on an exponential curve and is affecting practically everyone—everywhere, pulling society from its roots and reordering the way we live. Amidst these changes, how do we make sure our laws keep pace with the times? Join Yves Faguy of CBA National in conversation with leading legal minds and practitioners exploring this question. -- Nos lois et nos pratiques en matière d'éthique ont évolué au fil des siècles. Mais a ...
 
Track Changes is a podcast series exploring public sector policy innovation from its many angles: bringing you stories of innovation that worked and innovation that failed, demystifying buzzwords and concepts, chatting with previous generations of public servants, and interviewing current leaders and practitioners from Canada and beyond. Episodes are produced and created by an interdepartmental team of public servants with support from the Privy Council Office Innovation Hub.
 
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Debates around fiscal arrangements are always at the heart of federal-provincial relations in Canada. These days, health care funding and the Canada Health Transfer are even front-page news. Just a few months ago, equalization and Alberta’s demand for a fair deal that were making waves. In this episode, we do a deep dive into fiscal federalism: the…
 
Countries around the world are increasing their ambition on climate policy, and low-carbon technologies across a range of sectors are reaching maturity. This is creating the conditions for rapid change in the energy system and, as a major producer and exporter, Canada will be particularly impacted. Policy-makers must prepare for a period of volatil…
 
Episode 15: Supreme Court briefing In this episode, Yves Faguy speaks with Nadia Effendi of BLG to brief us on the latest at the Supreme Court of Canada. Effendi is a partner at BLG, based out of Toronto and Ottawa, a member of the CBA’s Federal Courts Bench and Bar Liaison Committee. She is also the chair of BLG's Appellate Advocacy and Public Law…
 
Yves Faguy speaks with law professor Tuma Young, KC, of Cape Breton University about the revitalization of Indigenous legal orders and what it means to braid them into Canada’s contemporary system of laws. Young, who grew up in the traditions of the Eskasoni First Nation, is a researcher and an assistant professor in Indigenous studies and politica…
 
Tensions within a federation are a frequent, normal occurrence. In Canada, one only has to think about recurrent debates over health care funding to equalization payments.But recently, Canadian federalism has been experiencing more tension than usual. Alberta’s new premier is proposing a Sovereignty Act, Saskatchewan’s premier expressed a desire fo…
 
Adult education provides skills development opportunities to help Canadians find better jobs and improve well-being. Yet it remains a “poor cousin” of compulsory and higher education, disconnected from social policy and the education system at large, with its learners and teachers stigmatized.In this episode of the PO Podcast, UBC Education Profess…
 
Yves Faguy speaks with Karen Eltis of the University of Ottawa about our courts’ modernization efforts and the challenges ahead. Professor Eltis is the contributing editor to the CBA No Turning Back Report, released in February 2021. She is a law professor at the University of Ottawa and specializes in artificial intelligence, innovation law and po…
 
Episode 12: Supreme Court briefing In this episode, Yves Faguy speaks with Nadia Effendi of BLG to brief us on the latest at the Supreme Court of Canada. Effendi is a partner at BLG, based out of Toronto and Ottawa, a member of the CBA’s Federal Courts Bench and Bar Liaison Committee. She is also the chair of BLG's Appellate Advocacy and Public Law…
 
Yves Faguy speaks with Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Patricia Kosseim about aligning our values as a society with laws governing privacy fit for the coming age of AI. Patricia Kosseim began her career as a lawyer in Montréal at Heenan Blaikie, practising in health law, privacy law, and civil litigation. She has worked at Genome Can…
 
In June 2022, we organized a special lecture at the McCord Museum in Montreal. This is a recording of the lecture Queen’s University Professor Emeritus Keith Banting and McGill University Professor Debra Thompson delivered.They explore why Canada’s robust welfare state – which includes universal health care and myriad employment and training progra…
 
In this special crossover episode with the Humans, on Rights podcast, Policy Options copyeditor and contributor Shannon Sampert, a political analyst and media specialist, speaks to host Stuart Murray about her career in journalism and the intersections of media, politics, and gender. From covering high school sports as a teenager to critiquing repo…
 
For the 50th anniversary of the IRPP, we are exploring the biggest public policy challenges facing Canada through a series of panel discussions held at some of Canada’s major policy schools. This episode is a recording of our discussion on political polarization held March 30, 2022, in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of G…
 
As Russia’s attack on Ukraine carries on, nearly two-thirds of Ukrainian children have fled their homes. 2 million have gone to other countries while 2.8 million are internally displaced, and dozens have been killed or injured. The war also disrupted crop production and shipment from Ukraine and Russia, the largest exporters of wheat, putting milli…
 
L’IRPP célèbre son 50e anniversaire en s’associant aux principales écoles de politiques publiques du pays pour une série de tables rondes, intitulée « Sur le radar des priorités politiques », qui nous aideront à identifier les prochains défis qui occuperont nos décideurs. Cet épisode du balado d’Options politiques porte sur l’impact de la pandémie …
 
For the 50th anniversary of the IRPP, we are exploring the biggest public policy challenges facing Canada through a series of panel discussions held at some of Canada’s major policy schools. This episode is a recording of our discussion on shifts in regulatory governance held on March 22, 2022 in collaboration with Carleton University’s School of P…
 
Yves Faguy speaks with Wissam Aoun about our IP laws and their fitness for purpose in the digital era. Aoun is the Acting Associate Dean at Windsor Law. He’s also an assistant professor focusing his research on patent law, professional regulation and governance. He has previously taught copyright law and trademark law. Aoun is also the new co-edito…
 
The federal government tabled the 2022 budget on April 7. Coming in the third year of the pandemic, hot off the Liberal-NDP agreement, and the escalating Russian invasion of Ukraine, the federal budget responds both to immediate needs and long-term priorities. On this special crossover episode, we share a conversation from the Voice Above podcast, …
 
Le gouvernement fédéral a dévoilé le 29 mars son plan très attendu de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES). Le plan détaille entre autres comment le Canada prévoit atteindre son objectif de générer 40 % moins de GES en 2030 par rapport à 2005.Pour parler de ce projet complexe et certainement ambitieux, le directeur du Centre d’exce…
 
The past few years have been extremely disruptive for Canada’s labour market. In a period of considerable economic change, we have also been facing a pandemic that has shaken the labour market to its core. Some sectors of the economy were shedding jobs and others were frantically searching for workers. It has become clear that workers’ ability to t…
 
Yves Faguy reçoit Maroussia Lévesque, du centre Berkman Klein à l'Université Harvard, pour discuter de l’effet des technologies numériques sur nos droits et de l’émergence de nouveaux systèmes de gouvernance. « L’idée d’explorer un modèle polycentrique de gouvernance ou de co-gouvernance, c’est comment tirer parti de l’expertise des entreprises pri…
 
Over the past few years municipal budgets have been strained. In addition to the regular costs, the pandemic has created new and unpredictable expenses, climate-related disasters are increasing in number and scale, and municipalities are on the front lines as first responders supporting their citizens.That’s where provincial-municipal equalization …
 
Yves Faguy speaks with Jennifer Quaid, an associate professor and vice-dean of research in the Civil Law Section at the University of Ottawa, about reforming the Competition Act and making it fit for purpose in a changing digital economy. To contact us (please include in the subject line ''Podcast''): national@cba.org…
 
In the last few decades, Canada’s economy has changed. We have seen a massive shift in how online enterprises conduct business and how Canadians purchase goods, and these changes have altered the way business is done in Canada. While this is no surprise to many, some may not know that one of the most important laws governing these businesses – the …
 
At the onset of the pandemic, it was difficult to predict how the virus would impact our lives. We understood that hospitals were at risk of overflowing, and we knew we needed to prepare for that. There were also a million other things that we didn’t or couldn’t predict would happen due to COVID-19, but if we have learned anything, it’s to expect t…
 
When a snap election was called in August, Canadians had a little over a month to prepare for a federal election and digest the platforms put forward by the political parties vying for their votes.Each party focused on what they thought would get them the most seats in the House. The New Democrats talked about affordability writ large, the Conserva…
 
Yves Faguy speaks with Toufic Adlouni, the co-founder and managing director of Renno & Co, a Montreal-based law firm focussed on emerging technology about the metaverse, its legal implications, and the commercial opportunities for law firms. His firm recently opened the first Canadian metaverse law office. To contact us (please include in the subje…
 
Over the past few years, the need for governments to work with one another has been ramping up. Canada is facing a long and unpredictable pandemic, a changing economy and high expectations from Canadians. 2022 is upon us, and with the new year come new policies for governments to fight over and old disagreements to revisit. So, what issues are on t…
 
Over the summer of 2021 the world saw what can only be described as the fall of Afghanistan. Taliban offensive forces rapidly overtook the country in a matter of weeks, causing chaos within its borders and concern from the international community about what would happen to its citizens.There was a collective understanding that these individuals nee…
 
Yves Faguy speaks with Amanda Chaboryk, the Disputes and Litigation Data Lead at Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office about the evolving use of technology and analytics to support major litigation. Chaboryk is part of NRF Transform, the firm’s global change and innovation programme, and has experience in project management, litigation finance, and…
 
In 2020, 5.5 million Canadian workers lost their jobs. In that same year, 47 Canadian billionaires saw their wealth increase by 78 billion dollars. But rising inequality did not start during the pandemic. In fact, since the 1980s, the richest Canadians have increased their wealth, while middle- and low-income Canadians saw theirs diminish. Between …
 
Dans cet épisode Yves Faguy reçoit Florian Martin-Bariteau, de l’Université d’Ottawa, pour parler d’une nouvelle technologie qui risque d’avoir des répercussions majeures sur nos données et notre avenir à tous : l’informatique quantique. Florian Martin-Bariteau, LL.D., est professeur agrégé en droit et technologie au sein de la Faculté de droit, Se…
 
The Canadian federation was built on a compromise between two linguistic communities, anglophones and francophones. This compromise still exists today and is now part of our national fabric and identity, in addition to being enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Read the full text here: https://on-irpp.org/37oFnb6By: Stéphanie Ch…
 
Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more and more common in our everyday lives. The technology is being used in a wide range of areas, such as advertising, health care, banking and manufacturing, to name a few. It is a massive advance in the tech sector that can benefit almost all levels of society. But with the benefits, there are also risks.…
 
Alberta has spoken! On October 18, as Albertans voted in municipal elections, there were two additional questions on the ballot. One was fairly inconsequential and asked people if they preferred doing away with daylight savings. It was narrowly rejected, with just 50.2 per cent of the vote.The second was more weighty and could end up changing the C…
 
Yves Faguy speaks with Geoff Costeloe of Lindsey MacCarthy LLP in Vancouver, whose legal practice focuses on estate planning and administration with a focus on digital assets. They discuss how digital assets are very different from traditional ones, why lawyers need to get up to speed quickly, and what regulators can do to prepare for the future. T…
 
Over the course of the pandemic, largely due to the increase in cases due to workplace transmission, there were calls to improve the current regime of sickness and caregiving leaves across Canada. Over a year later, almost all of those calls have been ignored. Federal, provincial and territorial governments had to enact emergency measures to addres…
 
At the onset of the pandemic, in March 2020, there was an (unconfirmed) collective idea that in a few weeks or months we would be able to go back to our lives as usual, and the pandemic would be a thing of the past. Now we recognize that it wasn’t that simple, that the regular functions of the country must continue, and that we would, at least for …
 
A young dentist’s ideals led him to Afghanistan as an infantry officer. After two tours, he began to question what was ultimately achievable.***Mû par ses idéaux, un jeune dentiste s’est engagé comme soldat d’infanterie. Deux séjours en Afghanistan l’ont amené à douter de la mission.Read the full article here: https://options-po.li/3mDZ9HhLisez l'a…
 
In this first episode of a new “Modern Law” series, Yves Faguy speaks with Ève Gaumond, an affiliate to Quebec's Observatory on the Societal Impact of AI and Digital Technologies, to find out more on how the law can be used, or not, to fight disinformation. They discuss a range of topics from the role of mainstream media, the perils of computationa…
 
There is no doubt that social media has changed politics. It has connected politicians and constituents, making it easier for them to speak more freely with one another than ever before. But these sites have also changed the way people communicate with politicians. If you look at the replies to any tweet, by any politician, you will see a series of…
 
The pandemic, combined with working from home, has challenged our perceptions of how we work. People are now able to “work from home” from anywhere, and the concept of a disaggregated workforce is gaining acceptance. The idea that being employed means staying in one place and following the same rules that we have followed for generations is crumbli…
 
The last year has been a reckoning for so many aspects of our society, revealing that we need fundamental reform in the way the country operates. However, one piece of news that has been shocking to many Canadians is the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at residential schools across the country, with thousands more expected to be found.Whil…
 
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